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Photography, Art and Me…

I have always loved taking photographs since I was a child and was rarely without a film camera growing up, documenting various phases in my life and those people around me. I always remember playing around with an old Box Brownie that my parents had long finished using, and was fascinated by how the image would appear upside down in the view finder…I never understood until more recently how this worked!

It was only in 2001 that I acquired my first digital ‘zoom’ camera which at the time took the most amazing images, but at 3 megapixels and the zoom not actually getting me that close to my subjects, which at the time was predominantly wildlife, I opted to invest in a digital SLR camera ‘like the professionals’ used with lenses that ranged between 18-300mm. So in 2009 my journey into photography really began to take off.

I largely taught myself how to use my camera although I learned a lot of skills by taking part in wildlife photography workshops using manual controls and took with me advice I still use now. I have picked up a lot valuable tips and advice by talking to other photographers (both amateur and professional) and began gaining confidence in taking my camera around with me.

Enrolling on an evening A Level course in Photography in 2011 made me fall in love with the film camera all over again and use a variety of 35mm SLR and medium format cameras.

Using a manual film SLR camera forcibly teaches you how the controls and settings work together to create the perfect image in the right environment…you haven’t got a viewing screen or a delete button and with just those 10-36 exposures you have to become aware of what you are doing so that you don’t waste a shot!! By learning to work manually from an analogue camera I now understand to a greater level how to work my digital SLR camera and so you will regularly see me holding two cameras out on a shoot!

In 2014 I completed a full time Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and started to experiment with mixed media creative art and photography which has opened my eyes to  a whole new world of ideas.

Viewing life through a lens, I have not only learnt more about the world around me but I have learnt a great deal about myself too and as each day passes I am learning more and more about who I am. Photography and art has taught me a lot about life and the wasteful society that we have become and I appreciate the little things a whole lot more!

Lisa

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A Reflection of your Heart

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Day 11 – 30 Days Wild…

Wild Photograms…

 

 

 

 

Today I spent time doing one of my most favourite activities and created some wild art!

It’s been a year since I last spent time in the darkroom and to be honest it’s been far too long. I’ve been reading all the #30DaysWild posts from people who have been making sun prints with photo sensitive craft paper and it got me craving some time in the darkroom making photograms.

A photogram is a cameraless photographic image made by placing objects directly onto the surface of light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. Some of the first photographic images made were photograms, the process made famous by Henry Fox Talbot a British scientist, inventor and photography pioneer, Anna Atkins an English Botanist and photographer and later by Man Ray who called them ‘Rayographs’.

Over the past couple of days I have been collecting various grasses and leaves out on walks and flowers from my garden to use for this activity. It’s easy to lose track of time in the darkroom and what was going to be a quick one hour activity turned into three!

I have experimented a lot with photograms over the years and I discovered that the use of natural materials (and bubblewrap!!) are my favourite objects to use. Of all the technology we possess, getting back to the fundamentals of photography has got to be the most satisfying of all the processes…and once set up photograms really are such a simple and beautiful way of creating an image!!

Now I just need the sun to make a reappearance so I can create some sun prints with my paper that the postman delivered yesterday…